Evacuation after chemical leak at Coca-Cola Singapore plant

Coca-Cola Singapore.

A chemical leak at Coca-Cola Singapore in the Tuas area on Friday (July 31) morning saw 80 workers being evacuated, with one sent to the National University Hospital (NUH) with breathing difficulties.

The incident happened at about 8.45am at 457 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim.

A gas cylinder, which was about 1.6m long, was being used to contain about 60kg of compressed ammonia when it ruptured and caused an explosion on the first floor.

A 44-year-old man was taken to NUH after he had difficulty breathing and complained of discomfort on his face and throat.

He has been decontaminated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

SCDF personnel have since cleaned up the area.

Read the full report in the print edition of The New Paper on Aug 1.

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Hear Mr Lee Kuan Yew read the Proclamation of Independence

Then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew announcing Singapore’s separation from Malaysia during a press conference on Aug 9, 1965. Earlier that day, the Proclamation of Independence was read on radio.
Singapore separated from Malaysia: At a press conference in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew called on the people to remain firm and calm. His eyes brimming with tears, he declared: "What has happened has happened..."

He did not have time to announce Singapore's separation from Malaysia on Aug 9, 1965, as there were “too many other things to do”.

That was why an announcer read the proclamation over then-Radio Singapore at 10am that day.

Singapore separated from Malaysia: At a press conference in Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew called on his people to remain firm and calm. PHOTO: ST FILE

Then-Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew said in his book The Singapore Story, published in 1998:

"I got up very early on that morning of 9 August 1965 after a fitful night. I had awakened several times to scribble notes of the thousand and one things I had to do.

"Everything had been timed for the proclamation of independence at 10am on the radio.

"I had decided against reading the proclamation personally. I had too many other things to do in quick succession.”

To make up for this, Mr Lee agreed three years ago to do the recording, the People's Association (PA) said in a statement.

It was played on local TV and radio channels at 9am this National Day (Aug 9) and at grassroots-led National Day observance ceremonies across the island.

You can listen to it here:



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'Moment of anguish'

The proclamation is a section from the agreement that marks the separation between Singapore and Malaysia.

It also marks Singapore gaining her status as an independent sovereign state.

Mr Lee had entrusted then-Minister for Law EW Barker to draft the proclamation in mid-July, after receiving news that the Federal Cabinet had agreed with Tunku Abdul Rahman that Singapore should separate from Malaysia.

The two had agreed that to prevent any leakage, Mr Barker had best do it himself — without any official or even a stenographer.

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew had asked then-Law Minister EW Barker to draft a separation agreement. Mr Barker didn't tell anyone about it, not even his wife. PHOTO: ST FILE 

Besides the draft agreement, Mr Barker also worked on other legal documents dealing with the separation, such as the division of assets.

The magazine Singapore: 25 Years, published in 1990, quoted Mr Barker saying that he kept quiet about what he had to do, telling no one — not even his wife.

"When you work on a matter like this, you don't tell anybody."

In an oral interview in 1982, Mr Barker recalled:

"Every time I look at these Agreements, I'm happy, I have a sense of pride, having contributed to a major change - the separation of Singapore from Malaysia.

I was able to draft these documents then in a short time because I had just left the Bar, in fact, nine months before that.

"I had been in practice for 14 years and had a lot of experience. Hence, I was able to do it."

But many people, including then-Culture Minister S. Rajaratnam and then-Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye had mixed feelings about the separation.

Then-Deputy Prime Minister Dr Toh Chin Chye addressing a big gathering of local and International newsmen in the City Hall's cabinet room. PHOTO: ST FILE 

Mr Rajaratnam said in Singapore: 25 Years:

"We (Dr Toh and him) were against it initially. We were quite prepared to take the risk of resisting separation.

"We felt very strongly and eventually, the PM had to report to the Tunku that we were against it."

But they changed their minds after the Tunku wrote a letter explaining how the situation could get out of control and descend into bloodshed.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Toh Chin Chye and the Minister for Culture, Mr S. Rajaratnam visited the Kampong Glam and Rochore area in 1964, a period when racial tension was high. PHOTO: ST FILE

Malaysia-born Dr Toh and other colleagues had rejoiced at the unification of Singapore with Malaya in 1963. 

So the decision to separate in 1965 came as a blow.

But if expulsion was the price for peace, "then we must accept it, however agonising our inner feelings may be", Dr Toh wrote in his reply to the Tunku.

Mr Lee himself was also emotional during the press conference to announce the separation that day.

Members of the diplomatic community, rushing out of the City Hall meeting room with copies of the Government Gazette Extraordinary — which contained the Separation Agreement and the Proclamation that declared Singapore an independent nation. PHOTO: ST FILE

He said:

“For me it is a moment of anguish because all my life... you see, the whole of my adult life... I have believed in merger and the unity of these two territories.”

Overwhelmed by emotions, Mr Lee asked that the cameras be stopped as he composed himself. 

It took him 20 minutes to recover.


Here's a look at the Proclamation of Independence:

Source: National Archives of Singapore

Whereas it is the inalienable right of a people to be free and independent; And whereas Malaysia was established on the 16th day of September, 1963, by a federation of the existing states of the Federation of Malaya and the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore into one independent and sovereign nation; 

And whereas by an Agreement made on the seventh day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five between the Government of Malaysia of the one part and the Government of Singapore of the other part, it was agreed that Singapore should cease to be a state of Malaysia and should thereupon become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia; 

And whereas it was also agreed by the parties to the said Agreement that,upon the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia shall relinquish its sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of Singapore so that the said sovereignty and jurisdiction shall on such relinquishment vest in the Government of Singapore; 

And whereas by a Proclamation dated the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five The Prime Minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah did proclaim and declare that Singapore shall on the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five cease to be a state of Malaysia and shall become an independent and sovereign state and nation separate from and independent of Malaysia and recognised as such by the Government of Malaysia.

Now I LEE KUAN YEW Prime Minister of Singapore, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM AND DECLARE on behalf of the people and the Government ofSingapore that as from today the ninth day of August in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five Singapore shall be forever a sovereign democratic and independent nation, founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of her people in a more just and equal society.

(Signed) LEE KUAN YEW 
Prime Minister of Singapore.
Dated the 9th day of August, 1965

Sources: Singapore: 25 Years, The Singapore Story, The Straits Times, National Archives of Singapore, People's Association

Sheppard's secrets to success

Australian indie pop band Sheppard (from left: Dean Gordon, Michael Butler, Emma Sheppard, George Sheppard, Amy Sheppard and Jay Bovino).

If there's a song that epitomises Australian indie pop band Sheppard, it's their breakout hit Geronimo.

The song is about taking a leap of faith.

The six-piece, which now comprises siblings George, Amy and Emma Sheppard and their friends Michael Butler, Jason Bovino and Dean Gordon, took their own leap of faith when they ventured into the music industry in 2009.

Starting off as a duo of Amy and George it was a slow start as they struggled to make a name for themselves on home soil.

They collected the other four members along the way and then came their big break in the form of Geronimo.

When it hit airwaves in 2014, the catchy, dance-inducing track was an instant hit and was certified platinum in six countries, including Australia and the US.

That same year, Sheppard took home the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards​ (ARIA) award for Best Group.


Emma, 22, —Sheppard's bassist and despite the family connection, the last member to join the band— hasn't looked back since joining her siblings three years ago.

She told M: "It's a good theme for us, releasing our album and taking that leap of faith. I guess it's a really good metaphor for where we were as a band at that time."

Geronimo has also become a popular choice for those making a bold venture with someone special.

It has been used in several marriage proposals, including flash mob videos.

"We're honoured that people want to use our songs especially for proposals because that's going to be a song that they'll have for the rest of their lives," she said

Family Business

For Emma and her siblings, seeing the pride in their parents' eyes is the most rewarding part about being successful.

She is grateful that her parents were there for her every step of the way.

"It's a family business and mum has always been proud of it. She acts as the tour manager as well," she said.

"Dad always been so excited about it, every little achievement. It's exciting when we see that they're so proud of us."

And her folks show just how proud they are of their children whenever they get the chance.

"They're just like typical crowd parents, we'll look out into the crowd and mum will be dancing," Emma said, laughing.

"When dad comes down to our shows he always yells out my name. It's so embarrassing."

In fact, the whole idea of a family business can be traced back to when Sheppard started out as a duo.

The genesis of the band started when Amy had left her music school assignment to the last minute and needed George's help.

The two then started making music together.

Emma admits that she is unsure if Sheppard would exist if her sister had completed her work on time.

"I guess it's lucky that she left her assignment to the last minute. I think everything happens for a reason," she said.

Singapore Food

It won't be Sheppard's first time in Singapore when they stop by as Irish rock band Kodaline's special guests on August 13.

Emma has nothing but fond memories of the country she frequently visits with her family.

"We've been to Singapore a few times. Once for a (promotional tour) but as a family we travel to Singapore a lot," she said.

She added that she loves Singapore food and had the opportunity to try a few local dishes during her trips here.

"I enjoyed having a lot of seafood. We tried laksa and on the last promo we did this food tour."

One dish that made an impression was ice kachang.

"It was like shaved ice with beans or something," she said.

She, like the rest of the band is looking forward to their next gig here.

"(Singapore) is one of my favourite places. I love the tropical, humid weather and it's such a clean city."


What: Kodaline with special guests Sheppard Live in Singapore!

When: August 13, 730pm

Where: *SCAPE, Playspace

Ticket: S$108 (exclusive of booking fee) from Sistic

Neighbour in abuse case faces two more charges

Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh, the neighbour of the elderly woman who was abused and slapped many times by her daughter in a viral video, faces two more charges.

The neighbour of a woman, allegedly made to eat faeces and drink urine, faced two additional charges on Friday (July 31).

Darwinder Singh Sukhdev Singh, 39, who is unemployed, is now accused of abetting the victim's husband, Mr Khamis Abas, to voluntarily cause hurt to his wife, Madam Kamisah Burel, 58, by feeding her human faeces and urine.

Singh allegedly committed the offence at Block 48 Lower Delta Road in April.

A video clip of Madam Kamisah being slapped, allegedly by her daughter, had gone viral. 

Singh is also accused of slapping Mr Khamis on his face once at the block of flats sometime last year. He was first charged in court last week.

His earlier charge stated he had allegedly abetted the couple's daughter, Ms Siti Nur Redha Khamis, 25, to voluntarily cause hurt to her mother by feeding the elderly woman human faeces and urine.

He is accused of committing this offence at the same block at around 10.30pm on July 1.

Singh is now remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for a psychiatric evaluation and will be back in court on Aug 14.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 1.

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Game of Thrones may run for 8 seasons, HBO hints at prequel

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

All good TV shows must end, Game Of Thrones included.

But the hit HBO series still has three seasons worth of story to tell before it wraps up.

Since premiering in 2011, Game Of Thrones has smashed TV ratings records — including its own. During its fourth season, it ousted The Sopranos to become HBO's most-watched TV series.

The conclusion of its fifth season in June meant that the show had finally run out of source material to adapt.

The series is based on author George R.R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire books and he is currently writing the sixth book.

Game of Thrones' producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will now determine when and how the show will end.

HBO president Michael Lombardo said at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour on Thursday (July 30) that he is confident that the critically-acclaimed series will run for at least three more seasons.

“That’s (season seven) definitely open. I think seven seasons and out has never been the conversation. The question is how much beyond the seventh season are we going to do. At this point, obviously we're shooting (season) six now, hopefully discussing (season) seven. I think they’re feeling like there’s probably two more years after six," Lombardo said.

And like fans of the show, Lombardo does not want it to end anytime soon.

"As I've said before, I would always love for them to change their minds,” but regarding eight seasons, “I think that's what we’re looking at right now.”

Lombardo also hinted at a possible return to the land of Westeros after Game of Thrones concludes, possibly for a prequel

"I would be open to anything Dan (Weiss) and David (Benioff) want to do. It really would depend fully on what they want to do," he said.

"There's enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel."


Sources: IGN, Sydney Morning Herald


Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing, man vlogs experience

A picture which shared by Mr Ethan Williams showing the passengers on board of the flight CX884 wearing life jackets.

A tourist got some extra footage for his travel vlog when his Cathay Pacific flight plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a remote Alaskan airport on Wednesday (July 29).

Mr Ethan Williams was flying from Hong Kong to Los Angeles on Cathay Pacific flight CX884 when his flight was disrupted by an on board announcement telling passengers and crew that the plane had to make an unscheduled landing.

He later posted a video of the entire incident on his YouTube account which he uses to chronicle his travels around the world.



The video starts with a concerned looking Williams speaking to the camera and saying that the flight attendants were "running like crazy," and that the "warning signs" were going off.

Moments later, an announcement about the plane making an emergency landing is made. 

Midway through the video, an ever more worried looking Mr Williams says the passengers have been given instructions to take out the life jackets from under the seat.

The passengers are then given instructions on how to brace themselves for a landing, though they are still unaware of where they are about to land. 

Most don't look panicked. 



Towards the end of the video, Williams can be seen giving the thumbs up and pumping his fist to fellow passengers as it's announced that the plane will make a normal landing at Shemya airport.


The South China Morning Post reported that Shemya airport is a small military airport located on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

It is closer to Russia than mainland Alaska and has only a few military servicemen stationed at the base.


Shemya airport on the map. PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

In the video, claps and cheers can be heard as the plane successfully makes a landing at the airport.

In a statement, Cathay Pacific said that the flight made a "precautionary diversion to Shemya military airport" due to a technical issue.

Smoke was detected in the cockpit area because of the technical issue.





The Boeing 777-300ER was declared "serviceable" and then was flown to nearby Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday (July 30).

A replacement flight met the passengers at Anchorage and flew all 276 passengers to their original destination, Los Angeles, where they landed later that same day.

Cathay told passengers they would each receive a cash card worth US$300 (S$412) when they landed at Los Angeles and apologised for the inconvenience caused by the emergency landing.



Source: South China Morning Post, YouTube, Twitter

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